Wednesday, July 7, 2021

On Medium: How Pessimists Should Avoid Despair

Here's an article about how philosophical pessimists should be uplifted by pantheism, comedic absurdity, and technological progress.

6 comments:

  1. Finally! I was really looking forward to this. Thanks a lot for taking my suggestion into account, this was brilliant!

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    1. Thanks. The editor of that Medium publication seemed to be on vacation, so there was an extra delay.

      This isn't my final word on what makes life worth living even for cynics and pessimists. But it's a good start, I think.

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  2. How do you think, does intellectual cynicism relates/correlates with-to dark sexuality? Hidden and/or repressed aspects of sexual character, as transmuted form.

    Intellectual and philosophical cynicism lies closely with sexuality, on an emotional wheel, it seems/feels. Maybe due to repression of both of them in a common social environment.

    What I mean here, that there is a hidden and shadowy addition to the article. Might it be, intellectualism, as a form of dominance — as you understand reality, you comprehend its depths, therefore you have some form of control — as you feel empowered after having a great insight. Knowledge is power, they say, but what is power in natural raw form? Dominance. So it might be leading to satisfaction of the same primordial needs.

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    1. Hmm, that certainly seems like what's happening with incels, which I wrote about in the first article linked below. Your comment also reminds me of another old article on this blog, "Sexual Bliss and the Anguish of Enlightenment," in which I talk about sex as a metaphor for enlightenment (second link). You might be interested in that one. (I thought it was pretty cool at the time I wrote it.) I talk about sex as a power game in the third link.

      The problem with a Freudian or Nietzschean reductive explanation is that it's unfalsifiable. You can compare anything to sex, which is why there's such a wide variety of naughty innuendos. You can also posit a covert thirst for power even in a selfless act, as the psychological egoist does. It's like positing God's generosity as being at the root even of all natural evils, like diseases and hurricanes. It becomes a stretch.

      In any case, the question for me wouldn't be just whether philosophy is unconsciously about sexual domination. There's the whole promethean venture to consider, our "civilized" attempt to dominate nature. That even has the heterosexual dichotomy going for it: nature as feminine and passive, and civilization as aggressively masculine. I believe there's some rapey language in Francis Bacon when he talks about technoscientific industry and the need to learn nature's secrets.

      http://rantswithintheundeadgod.blogspot.com/2018/05/incels-and-call-for-omega-enlightenment.html

      http://rantswithintheundeadgod.blogspot.com/2016/05/sexual-bliss-and-anguish-of.html

      http://rantswithintheundeadgod.blogspot.com/2016/05/sex-and-authenticity.html

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  3. I don't think avoid but trying to balance angst or despair with opposite, accepting all shades of experiencing-reality and seeking for a balanced ground.

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    1. Balance would be good, but I'm not sure the truth or the healthiest or noblest disposition always lies exactly in the middle between extremes.

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